Microsoft Natal to Be Released in October

From X-bit Labs: A representative for Microsoft Corp. said that the world’s largest maker of software would release its Natal motion sensor for Xbox 360 game console in October, 2010. The launch that is scheduled to occur well ahead of the holiday season may indicate that the software giant is confident in the success of the device.

Firefox aims to make IE, Safari browsing more secure

From InfoWorld: Mozilla has expanded a service that checks if a browser's plugins are current to now scan Internet Explorer, Safari, Opera, and Chrome in addition to its own Firefox.

Plugins are small bits of code that enable other applications to run within a Web browser, such as Adobe's Flash multimedia program. But outdated plugins are a danger for Internet users, as they can contain software vulnerabilities that can be used to gain remote control over someone's PC.

Microsoft, Verizon Defend Kin's Monthly Pricing

From PC World: Microsoft's new Kin phones are not truly smartphones, but Verizon Wireless is charging users a minimum monthly $70 service fee -- $30 alone for data -- anyway, over a two-year contract.

Microsoft and Verizon representatives defended the fee on Tuesday, partly because of the Kins' automatic cloud-based backup of video, pictures and other data.

Verizon: We're making a tablet with Google

From CNET Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed plans Tuesday to release a tablet computer running software from Google at some point, but did not elaborate on timing.

Search for new Mozilla CEO begins

From CNET The search has begun for a new Mozilla leader now that Chief Executive John Lilly has announced plans to step down later this year.

Android 2.2 Tested, Over 5 Times Faster than 2.1 in Some Benchmarks

From DailyTech: These days with its ever expanding army of handsets, which just passed the iPhone in U.S. market share, Google's Android doesn't need too much extra help to obtain dominance. However, Google isn't pulling any punches -- that much is obvious from early speed tests from the latest version of the OS.

Office 2010 to Launch Today, Microsoft Owns 94 Percent of the Market

From DailyTech: Microsoft Office hasn't had a true competitor in years. People, particularly news people, sometimes like to manufacture an opponent in such a case. In the case of Office, people have hailed Open Office and Google Docs as finally giving Microsoft a "fight". While this may certainly someday come to fruition, such predictions are at the very least premature.

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Intel to Release Core i3, i5 ULV Processors in 2H

From Tom's Hardware: Many manufacturers have already announced or launched machines with Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, but it looks like Intel will soon introduce more Core i3 and i5 CPUs for PC makers to work with. This time, Intel is targeting slim or ultra thin laptops.

Wi-Fi and WiGig Alliances Set to Cooperate

From X-bit Labs: The Wi-Fi Alliance and the Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig Alliance) have announced a cooperation agreement for multi-gigabit wireless networking. The Wi-Fi Alliance and the WiGig Alliance will share technology specifications for the development of a next-generation Wi-Fi Alliance certification program supporting Wi-Fi operation in the 60GHz frequency band. This agreement further encourages the development of products supporting 60GHz technology.


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